Your sailor comes home from a long duty day in a bit of a grumpy mood, and, of course, loving wife that you are you smile and say, “How was your day, dear?”
“I showed up late for muster, and the Section Leader put us Port and Starboard. I had to field day in between watches all day, and then I got stuck with the mid watch. My relief was late for turnover, and breakfast was crap. All I’ve had to eat was some geedunk. Damn, what a crappy day!”
Didya get all that? No? Well, why ever not?
Perhaps because you speak the English, and your sailor has slipped into NavySpeak, the language taught early and often to our sailors but rarely shared explicitly with the spouses. Well, today’s your lucky day!
I couldn’t disagree more.
Communication is key in any marriage, but it becomes even more important when your other half spends half your marriage on a ship or boat far, far away! These acronyms and all that crazy slang are a part of your sailor’s vernacular no matter what, and it’s in everyone’s best interest if you can keep up with the conversation!
Not to mention the fact that while you may not be IN the Navy, you do live in the world of the Navy! Do you live on base? Have you ever been to PSD? Need to communicate with Tri-Care? Arranging a move? Yeah … in each of those instances you will be spoken to by others who speak that crazy Navy language you don’t think you need to learn!
I’m not saying you need to study the list and begin peppering every conversation with your new found knowledge …
I’m just saying that committing a few simple words and abbreviations to memory NOW can save you a lot of trouble LATER!
And just for a little fun …
The Navy also has a good bit of terminology that’s just straight silly. Can you define these goofy words in the comments?
Geedunk, Scuttlebutt, Balls to the Wall, Goat Locker,
Bug Juice, Skylarking, Wetting Down